The Duke of Sussex and the Duchess criticized the wealthy country for storing a supply of Covid-19 vaccine.
The couple went on stage at Central Park in New York as part of their Global Citizen Live. This is a 24-hour event calling on leaders to adopt a vaccine equity policy.
Harry added that the pandemic was becoming a “human rights crisis” and urged pharmaceutical companies to waive their intellectual property rights to the Covid vaccine.
He states: “My wife and I believe that the place where you were born should not determine your ability to survive.
“We are not just a virus, this is a battle of false information, bureaucracy, lack of transparency, lack of access, and above all, this is a human rights crisis.”
Harry and Megan said they had spoken to experts on the issues surrounding pandemics and global vaccine equity.
The Duke said:
“These countries have the means, the ability and the workers to start production. All they have to do is abandon the intellectual property of the vaccine and transfer the vaccine technology.
“By the way, many of these vaccines were publicly funded. They are your vaccines, you paid for them.”
Megan told the crowd on Saturday that “everyone on this planet has the basic right to get this vaccine,” but this has not happened.
She states: “In this country and many other countries, you can go almost anywhere to get a vaccine, but billions of people around the world can’t.
“It’s a mistake that so far, much of the vaccine supply has spread to only 10 wealthy countries, not all other countries. That’s not just OK.
“These experts shared that how and to whom vaccines are distributed should be left to an independent international organization that knows exactly where doses are most needed. ..
“Think of the millions of vaccines that were discarded this year. It’s like throwing away a life jacket when people are drowning.”
The event is the first public appearance of Harry and Megan together since the birth of his daughter Lillibet in June.
It is also the first major public journey after resigning as a member of the royal family.
Performers such as Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Rizzo were also part of the opportunity, including events in Lagos, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Sydney.
Additional report by Press Association